Jaida Maxwell was the proud recipient of the $1500 Pearls Foundation Scholarship.

Jacksonville Lighthouse Charter School College Preparatory Academy

 At Lighthouse College Preparatory Academies (CPA), we make an extraordinary promise: if a scholar graduates from our College Prep Academy, he/she will be accepted to a four year college or university.  We keep that promise, through rigorous standards and an arts-infused curriculum that prepares students academically, socially and culturally for success in college – and beyond.  We are fully accredited with the Arkansas Department of Education.


Quick Facts

Number of Scholars: 415
Grades: 7-12
Date Opened:
Principal: Ralph Isaiah Cosio


Annual Events

  • Arts Exhibits
  • Fall Showcase
  • Winter Showcase
  • Teacher/Scholar Basketball Game
  • Monthly Parent Night
  • Talent Showcase
  • Annual Dances
  • Exhibitions
  • College Trips
  • Senior European Trips
  • Senior National Trips
  • Community Service Projects
  • Homecoming
  • Prom

Extracurricular Activities

  • Basketball
  • Track
  • Cross Country
  • Baseball
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
  • Cheer
  • Dance
  • Band
  • Choir
  • Student Council
  • Mock Trial
  • Quiz Bowl
  • GSA
  • FCA
  • Film Studies
  • Theater
  • Stock Market Game
  • A.S.C.E.N.D. Program
  • High School Gifted and Talented Program


  • Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Department of Defense Educational Activity (dodea)
  • Military K-12 Partnership
  • University of Arkansas - Diversity Affairs Outreach
  • Project Lead the Way
  • Pulaski Technical College
  • Museum of Discovery
  • Bale Chevrolet
  • Association of Energy Engineers
  • Paradise Christian Leadership Academy
  • Virtual Arkansas
  • Jacksonville Theater Company
  • Arkansas Electric Engineers



  • 23 - Basketball Regiona Tournament @ Pangburn
  • 27 - Business Plan Competition @ ASU Jonesboro
  • 27 - Parent Art Night 6pm
  • 28 - 11th Grade ACT 8:00am
  • 2 - Soccer Teams @ Morrilton
  • 3-4 - Mock Trial Competition
  • 7 - Soccer Teams @ Warren
  • 7 - Senior Parent Night
  • 9 - Soccer Teams @ Home
  • 10 - 1/2 Day, Scholars Dismiss @ 12:00
  • 13 -17 - LinkIT Testing 7th/8th
  • 13 - Soccer Teams @ Riverview
  • 15 - Board of Directors Meeting @ 12:30
  • 16 - Soccer Teams @ St. Joseph
  • 17 - 3rd Quarter Ends
  • 20-24 - Spring Break
  • 27 - Senior Parade
  • 27 - Soccer Teams @ Home
  • 30 - Soccer Teams @ Home
  • 31 - 1/2 day Scholars Dismiss @ 12:00
  • 31 - Parent Teacher Conferences 12:30-5:30

Documents & Links

Latest Documents

AR State Required Information

Board of Directors

School Calendars

Personnel Policies

Employee Contracts


Student Applications

Document Archive

AR State Required Information

Annual Reports


Board of Directors

Employee Contracts


Extra-Curricular Programs

Financial Reports

MI Transparency Reporting

Marketing Materials



Other Plans and Policies

Personnel Policies

Personnel Policies and Evaluation



Progress Reports

Scholar Family Handbooks

School Calendars

School News

School Supply List

Student Applications


School Leaders

Interim Principal

Ralph Cosio

Mr. Cosio is a graduate of the University of Central Arkansas and has been in education for three years as a classroom teacher, team leader, and mentor. He has served as a mentor for the UCA Master of Arts in Teaching program and was recognized as the 2013 Mentor of the Year. He recently graduated with his Master of Science in School Leadership, Management, and Administration. This is Mr. Cosio’s sixth year with Lighthouse Academies
Director of Teacher Leadership

Vekissa Wilson

Ms. Wilson is a graduate of Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. She earned her first master’s degree in Education with emphasis in Instructional Technology from AIU Online and is nearing completion of her second master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Harding University. Ms. Wilson has been a servant leader in education for 18 years as a secondary English teacher and Literacy Instructional Facilitator. She has served as lead for curriculum teams and has written curriculum for large urban school districts. She is National Board Certified and has certification in English as a Second Language. Ms. Wilson is the Co-Founder and President of Next Generation Mentoring Program for adolescent girls and is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. This is Ms. Wilson’s first year with Lighthouse Academies.
Director of College Transitions

Barrett Petty

Barrett Petty
Dr. Petty graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management. He received his Master of Science in School Counseling from John Brown University. Dr. Petty received his Educational Specialist in Counseling from Harding University. In December of 2015, he received his Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership Studies from the University of Central Arkansas. His dissertation focused on what factors caused African American males in Arkansas to graduate from college. Moreover, Dr. Petty has presented at several national conferences on the topic of African American males in secondary education. He also has a publication discussing authentic leadership in the K-12 educational setting. Dr. Petty has had 10 prior years of public education experience including teaching secondary mathematics and being a school counselor. He has been a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. for over 15 years. This is Dr. Petty’s third year with Lighthouse.


Become a Lighthouse Academy Student

Discover, achieve and prepare for success in college and beyond. We will prepare your student academically, socially and culturally to succeed in and graduate from college.  We will develop your student’s critical decision-making skills to prepare him/her for success in life.  Lighthouse Academies offers small schools, small class sizes, longer school year, and longer school day so we can provide students with a high quality education. Don’t wait – apply now to transform your child’s future!

Join Our Team

Are you fearless, driven and forward-thinking? We need people who want to teach, lead and transform the lives of our students. We need people who share our passion for creativity and innovation. We are committed to developing the capacity of our staff with 20 professional days each year, individual coaching and collaboration. Join us in transforming children’s futures.

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Jacksonville Lighthouse Charter School College Preparatory Academy

251 North 1st Street, Jacksonville, AR 72076, USA

34.8687782 -92.1079559
Tel: 501-985-1228
Fax: 501-985-1233

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